Thursday, 4 December 2014

Kambrook Powerboard - World's first electrical power board.

The common electrical power board was first manufactured by Melbourne company Kambrook in the 1970s. I remember selling this product from my our family business Wong's World in Shepparton in 1979. In 1987 while living in London I recall looking for a powerboard but realised only double adaptors existed in Europe at the time.

Frank Bannigan founded Kambrook and the electrical engineer who invented the power board in 1972 was Peter Talbot. 

In 1991 while at RMIT I ran a second year industrial design studio with Peter Talbot and Kambrook.  

Designed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Kambrook power board  - the world's first power board.


Kambrook power board  - the world's first power board.





2 comments:

  1. ALBERT C. FAIRCHILD was making a similar 4 outlet power box for Biochemistry Department of Melbourne University in the late 60's

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  2. My dad used to tell us that he invented the power board. We never believed him and brushed it off as some kind of dad joke he used to tell. It was later that we discovered that Kambrook claimed to have been the first. Interestingly my dad used to make these power boards from wood and screwed down sockets when they arrived from England in 1971 for the lighting shop he owned. More curious was that his lighting shop in Hughesdale near Carnegie, in Melbourne. And apparently the guy from Kambrook that ‘designed’ this one in 1972, lived in Carnegie! I often wonder if he was inspired by my dad’s ones in his shop...

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